Hapara Certified Champions
We are a community of educators united by a passion for transformative pedagogy and meaningful edtech integration.
Aaron Davis is an technology implementation coach. He has had a breadth of opportunities across both primary and secondary school. He has worked to embed technology in the classroom to make learning more meaningful. This has included implementing systems, such as GSuite, ICON, the Ultranet and various device programs. Aaron has also presented at a range of conferences, including ICTEV, DLTV, EdTechTeam Summits and Leading a Digital School. His focus has been on the role of technology when it comes to collaboration and communication in and out of the classroom. Although coming from an English and Humanities background, a focus on 21st century learning and technology has afforded various opportunities to teach a wide variety of subjects.
The program was really helpful in working through all of the intricacies associated with Hapara.
Afzal Shaikh is the Technology Learning Specialist at The York School in Toronto, Canada. In this role, he helps integrate technology within the IB PYP curriculum at the K-5 level. He insures that teachers are introduced with new application, tools and strategies that can enhance their skills within the classroom. Working alongside teachers, his embedded PD sessions model allow him to effectively integrate technology into everyday educational practice.
In 2013, Afzal was chosen to participate in the Google Teacher Academy in London, England to become a Google Certified Teacher. This certification has resulted in an explosion of his Professional Learning Network and given Afzal the opportunity to present at various Google Summits across Canada. Afzal is also the Co-Leader of the Google Educator Group in Ontario, where he actively inspires and empowers educators all around the world to better meet the needs of their students through technology solutions.
Having Hapara for three years now I’ve realized that it is the single most important tool in our digital toolkit. Becoming a Hapara Certified Educator has allowed me to engage and share with other educators who are also catalyst for change.This Certification program helped me to reflect on my teaching and assisted me in becoming a better educator.
Aida Awad is a Science teacher and department head as well as a Google for Education Certified Trainer, and Hapara Certified Educator. She presents at conferences and workshops, and provides technology integration training across the country for K-12 and higher education.
Aida serves on several professional organization boards including: the Geological Society of America Education Committee and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. She earned a B.S. in Geology and a B.A. in Political Science at University of Illinois at Chicago, and an M.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois.
When you learn in context, you learn differently. The Hapara Certified Educator program focuses on learning the Hapara tools in the context of truly effective, research based pedagogy.
This is how we should be teaching! This is how students learn!
At the ripe old age of 34 I decided it was time for a career change and went to University while being a fulltime Mum of 2. I completed a BSci and a BTeach and finally started teaching at 38. I have never looked back. I teach at Kildare Catholic College and I teach Mathematics, Science, Physics and Business Services and I am a Science Assistant Coordinator.
I love trying to find new ways in which to deliver the maths content to my students and frequently use Game Based Learning and songs to help them learn and enjoy maths more. I am currently undertaking my Masters of Education (KNDI) and focusing on building the technology skills of the Science department.
The HCE program really helped me to focus on the use of Hapara to support pedagogy. It was a complete move away from the usual technology tools focus and shifted the focus back onto teaching and student learning.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about how Hapara supports Student Agency, Differentiation and providing fast feedback. I now feel confident about answering the questions about why our teachers should be utilising Hapara within the classroom to support their students learning.
The international collaboration that this program encourages is a valuable gift to any participant.
Amanda Johnson has been an educator for 11 years. She is the first Instructional Technology Integration Specialist at the school where she teaches. Her passion is ensuring that classroom teachers feel equipped to incorporate technology into their classrooms.
The Hapara Champion Educator program has been so informationally relevant for my school’s needs. We have been using Hapara in the classroom mainly as a behavior tool, but now I can help the teachers at my school understand that Hapara has so many more tools available to help them!
Amy is a Hapara Champion Trainer, a Level 1 Google Certified Educator, a CUE 2017 LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Finalist, and was named 2017 Visalia Unified Teacher of the Year. Amy has supported technology development in her district with CUE Black Label and after school teacher training for Google Apps for Education, Hapara & Breakout EDU.
She holds a MA degree in mathematics and a MA arts degree in curriculum and instruction. This is her 23rd year as an elementary teacher and is currently teaching a 5th / 6th multiage class at the new Global Learning Charter School in Visalia, California.
Hapara has provided me with a much deeper understanding of the power of teacher and student collaboration. Learning through a pedagogy first approach stretches your thinking of ways to make learning meaningful & visible for students. Learning alongside other Hapara educators has helped to strengthen my knowledge in this growing field of educational technology.
Amy is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher, tech geek, Star Wars nerd. She holds an MA in Educational Technology, and has been teaching 5th grade for the last ten years, and now serves as an Instructional Technology TOSA for her District. Amy has extensive experience implementing GAFE and 1:1 Chromebooks in her own classroom. She enjoys presenting at conferences and sharing her passion with other educators.
The HCE program was a great learning experience. I have used Hapara tools in my classroom for the past few years, but was fascinated to learn about its founding pedagogies and philosophies. I now have a very strong sense of pride when I share with people what I learned throughout HCE. As teachers, the most important thing we can do is connect with our students and make learning valuable and engaging. Hapara helps makes this possible.
Amy is a senior school teacher based in Wellington, New Zealand. She is also the leader of their digital technologies team, specifically focusing on pedagogy. Amy is always looking for new ways to up skill herself and implement new knowledge into the classroom.
A great way for educators to refresh and learn the basics of Hapara.
Andrew has been teaching for 6 years now and has enjoyed teaching children across various grades. He is currently working in the western suburbs of Melbourne, where he is a classroom teacher and the reports coordinator for his school. If he could sum up his job in one word – it would be “awesome”.
Andrew considers himself a student, in the fact that as a teacher, he never stops learning. He believes that all students deserve to be engaged in a learning environment that promotes thinking across various experiences. Andrew is also a bit of a “tech head” and sees technology as an essential tool for students – especially in this day and age of teaching.
When not teaching, Andrew enjoys the best of life’s treasures – being video games, movies and socialising with friends. He has done some travelling around the world but would like to do some more when he can.
When I first heard about the learning program, I thought it was just to teach you how to use it – but it is way more than that. Hapara really does give you a deeper understanding of how you can engage with your students and be an active and engaging teacher. Also – the people you meet here are great. It does give you the opportunity to not only socialise and get to know someone from around the world, but to discuss what has been successful in their learning space and gain new ideas about how you can make a difference.
Andy Hammons has taught 6th grade for eight years within Hesperia Unified School District. He’s functioned as a team technology leader, ed-tech pioneer, and computer club mentor for the elementary schools he’s taught at. Andy’s hosted enterprise grade open source LMS, CMS, and remote conferencing solutions for educational institutions, businesses, and individuals since 2007. He’s a founding member and certified GeoGebra User with the GeoGebra Institute of California, a member of the Free Software Foundation, and now a Hapara Certified Educator!
The HCE course was more thought provoking and useful than I had anticipated. The scope of the course was very thorough and went far beyond a cursory exploration of yet another digital classroom tool. The collaborative course activities meshed with such a diverse and talented group of international educators allowed for deeper learning and a rich exchange of ideas. I look forward to sharing Hapara with fellow educators to facilitate easier collaboration creating and delivering personalized project based learning pathways.
Andrew is a lifelong learner who loves to integrate technology into classroom activities. He believes in the transformative nature of learning with technology. As a MS/HS Technology Integration Coach, Andrew works with teachers to integrate technology to improve student learning.
I enjoyed learning with the Hapara Certified Educator cohort. It enabled me to experience and learn about the ways in which teachers can use Hapara to support student learning. It was great to connect with teachers from all over the world to find ways that they use Hapara everyday to make life as a teacher just a little easier and much, much, more efficient.
Anna Klein has been teaching chemistry at Maine East High School for 27 years. She has worked with Google and Hapara applications since 2011.
Anna is a Google Certified Educator and has presented at several conferences such as IETC, ICE, D207 Taste of Tech and Waukegan’s Google N’ More.
She loves to travel, read, garden, cook and spend time with friends and family.
The HCE Program was an extremely rewarding and enriching experience. My favorite part of the experience was being able to work with and learn from like-minded individuals. The HCE program gave me the confidence and expertise I needed to be able to lead and inspire educators to use Hapara’s functionality to enhance their pedagogy.
Anthony Avery is the IT Director for the largest independently – operated free public charter school in Newark, NJ. In 2001 he started his journey in education as a Computer Technician at a private school in New York. In 2004 he was promoted to Director of Technology. He was invited into the initial launch of gmail in 2004. After a year of testing he contacted google about having gmail for his school. in 2005 his school was enrolled in the Google “Bring Your Domain” pilot program. Since then he has been hooked on google products. He is currently a google educator Level 1 & 2 and now an Hapara champion.
After Years in suburban school systems he took his expertise to an urban school. He rebuilt their network from the ground up by installing 1 gig switches with a 10 gig backbone. Installed high end access points for quickest data speeds. He then interlinked all the schools via a 1 gig dedicated fiber. He then focused on scholars and providing devices to them. He removed all windows based laptops and installed a state of the art Mac lab and Windows lab in the HS that was also accompanied 600 Chromebooks for the High School scholars. He then deployed 1-1 in grades 3-5. His belief is we need to infuse the foundation of our school which is the lower grades. Next year he plans on finishing off a 1-1 for grades 6-8th.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, watching tv shows, traveling, and riding on his boat in the Manahawkin Bay.
The HCE Program was great. The knowledge the instructors had on the software was simply amazing. I originally purchased this to help my teachers with classroom management and ease communication from staff to scholar. I wanted my staff to have more time teaching and less wasted time setting up technology for class.
While taking this course and seeing how it was laid out I now see this as a tool to provide my staff with training. It evolved over night from a classroom tool for staff and scholars to a District tool for staff to staff which I can now tailor courses for my staff to train them in their areas of need. It can be done independently or as a group. It now has endless of possibilities.
Anthony Speranza is a Certified Google for Education Trainer and Innovator, Hapara Certified Educator, and the 2014 DLTV Educator of the Year as awarded by Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria. He is passionate about contemporary spaces, pedagogies, and collaborative practises amongst educators.
During his time at St. Mark’s he established several digital literacy initiatives, developed cybersafety programs, and introduced a range of technologies for learning across the school.
Recently he completed a small scale research project involving 1:1 classrooms whilst studying his Masters Degree in Education (ICT). Currently he is implementing a 1:1 Chromebook and BYO mobile device program in the middle and senior years, and is supporting teachers and students from Foundation to Year 6 to utilise a range of technologies, including Google Apps For Education.
Anthony has consulted with a range of schools who have “Gone Google”, and aims to bring the best out of organisations for transformational change. He is an avid speaker and facilitator at the local, national and international level.
The HCE program was an excellent example of contemporary and global education – practical, relevant and useful learning that could be contextualised by willing participants, guided by a knowledgeable facilitator who used electronic spaces and communities to connect colleagues over vast distances.
Ashley is a young teacher who loves to help students learn in a way that suits them best and Hapara has helped her achieve this. She then wanted to share this passion with other teachers in her school and community. She now leads PD for her school and presents at conferences about the usefulness of technology in the classroom.
This program has helped guide Ashley in how to help others understand this program and its various capabilities. It has also helped her gain confidence in her own abilities with presenting and explaining the wonder that is Hapara. Ashley can’t wait to continue her journey with Hapara throughout her career.
Grade 5/6 Teacher & eLearning Leader
#TTPlay Nathan Jones Award Winner 2017
Hapara Champion Educator
Google Certified Innovator #SYD17
I loved the program and all the learning that it offered.
Beth is the Innovative Teaching and Learning Specialist for Gering Public Schools in Nebraska. She also teaches a social studies class. Her class serves as a model classroom to demonstrate innovative uses of technology. Beth is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer. She loves to travel and presents at conferences around the country.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs.
Beth was an Air Force brat who has lived in Kansas, Missouri, Germany, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Wyoming, and Nebraska. She claims the Lone Star State as her home, but she will eventually end up back in Missouri on the family farm.
Being part of the HCE program provided me with a completely different perspective on how other educators incorporate Hapara. I got so many ideas for ways to design Workspaces to increase student agency!
I am responsible for supporting teachers in my district as they begin to embrace GAFE and figure out how to use technology to transform teaching and learning. I cannot imagine doing this without having access to Hapara. The HCE program provided me with access to others who are using Hapara in unique and innovative ways. I have already shared some of those ideas with the teachers in my district. The HCE Google+ community has quickly become my lifeline!
Bill Corcoran is a Learning Technologies consultant with the Ottawa Catholic School Board in Ottawa, Canada. He has recently moved from the classroom into this system role, spending the last 9 years in Junior (4-6) Classrooms.
Bill is a father to three wonderful boys, a technology enthusiast, a lifelong learner and a Samaritan on the Digital Road. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, playing hockey, strumming the guitar and cheering on the Ottawa Senators, his favourite NHL team.
The HCE program was such an enriching experience. My goal for the program was to connect with educators around the world and to learn from others and support my development pedagogically with Hapara tools and Google Apps for Education. The HCE program delivered! As we discussed how our students can become “agents of their own learning”, we too developed “Teacher Agency” … allowing us to explore and have a say in our own learning!
Blair Mishleau has worked in schools across the country to better meet the needs of all students. Currently, he is working at a charter school in Phoenix to help them identify their vision around personalized learning. He loves consulting with schools and districts around PL, travel, and cookies.
The training could have been improved if we could have done things aside from screencasts.
Brent Hoare works at Kingswood High School in Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as a Stage 4 (years 7 and 8) Technological and Applied Studies teacher. An enthusiastic user of Google Apps For Education for several years, Brent has only been using Hapara in Chromebook equipped classrooms for a short time. As a recent graduate of the Hapara Champion Educator course, and currently enrolled in the current Hapara Champion Scholar course, Brent is actively implementing Hapara enabled classroom strategies aimed at making learning visible.
Although I’m still at an early stage of my journey in exploring the potential of Hapara, I’m excited by the opportunities it presents to get real value out of the chromebooks we are now using across the school. There are so many reasons to love what Hapara does, but high among them are the abilities to closely monitor levels of student (dis)engagement and acheivement, both in real time and in their class folders, to communicate with students at a new level, and to present content through the Workspace that saves time, paper and effort, that is more visually and intellectually engaging, and that enables delivery of differentiated learning activities in classes of mixed ability.
Caitlin Vredenburg is a passionate Technology Integration Specialist at a small independent school outside of Washington, DC. She taught in the classroom in grades kindergarten through third grade for 8 years before taking on this new role in 2017. She loves being able to work with all grade levels and her fellow educators to make technology an enriching experience for everyone.
After using Hapara Highlights as a teacher for 2 years the Champion Educator course truly expanded my understanding of the wide range of tools and resources for teaching that Hapara offers. What was once a nice convenience is now a valuable resource to make time with our 1:1 Chromebooks efficient and effective.
Carol loves everything about teaching : the excitement a child expresses when making new discoveries, the victory a child exclaims when overcoming a struggle, and sharing technology with her fellow teachers.
The Hapara program gave me the tools to fully implement teaching my young students to use the Internet to expand their learning. Its ability to differentiate instruction is one of its greatest strengths. I love how it helps my students make the most of instruction while in the Computer Lab. I can’t imagine how I would do this without Hapara. My fellow teachers are also finding the benefits of using it too.
Carolyn Bellot is a hard working teacher that believes that there’s always opportunities to expand your knowledge.
I think that this program is an effective tool in enabling me to differentiate instruction and help to better meet the needs of my students.
Carrie is currently an EdTech facilitator who works with secondary schools and teachers in Fremont County School District #14. A veteran science teacher of 25 years (advanced placement biology, environmental science and general biology), she holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a masters degree in biology.
The HCE program was beneﬁcial to deepening my knowledge of Hapara tools and helping me focus on the pedagogy of sound learning using technology. Instruction needs to be learner-focused, not focused on the technology. I felt this certiﬁcation met that criteria.
I’m a Grade 2 Teacher, a Google Educator, and am very interested in deep learning and leveraging digital learning in the classroom.
The HCCP program has been very helpful in getting to know Hapara features and learning about all it has to offer.
Cat has been teaching at Holy Family Catholic Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii since 2002 and wears two hats. She is the Technology Manager and Visual Arts teacher. She has been using Hapara since 2013. She believes integration is not about how many apps we can use in a lesson but how the curriculum can drive the technology being used. Cat has a B.A. in Mass Communication/Art, M.S. in Educational Technology and is a Certified Online Education Specialist.
Going through the HCE I discovered how little I knew about the power of Hapara in the classroom. The hands-on collaborative online learning platform gave me the know on how Hapara supports student agency, pedagogy, and differentiation; as well as the opportunity to meet other Hapara educators across the Pacific. At the end of the 4 month course I was ignited with excitement to share what I’ve learned with my teachers. This was truly a great experience!
Chris is a level 2 Google Certified Teacher currently working as a Technology Instructional Coach in the Richland School District. In this role he gets to work directly with teachers to plan and teach lessons and units in classes integrating new Ed-Tech into the curriculum. He is also tasked with providing PD at a site and district level related to the seamless integration of Ed-Tech. In a previous life, Chris taught High School ELA and began honing his skills in using technology to blend, flip and transform the learning his students were doing in school.
When he’s not teaching you can probably find him at a show or traveling. Chris is a music lover, road-trip wanderer, bike rider, adventurer, WSU Cougar, simple living enthusiast(er).
I’ve taken many certification courses over the years, and they often range from anywhere from uncomfortable to frustrating. With the HCE program, my experience was much different. This program was more hands-on than most. It was awesome to be in a cohort, where we can share ideas,struggles and successes was awesome! The support provided by our facilitator, Allison Winston, was incomparable.
The HCE experience drove me to think outside the box and be creative in my thinking about using the technology. I am now more focused on integrating within the context of solid pedagogy focused on improving student learning. It also allowed me the opportunity to apply information about Hapara to real world situations right here in my school, my district and beyond.
Christina is a French Immersion Science & Physical Education classroom teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board in Ottawa, Canada. She has recently moved into the role of French Curriculum Leader as well. In her spare time, she enjoys boating, jogging, crafting and spending time with her husband and 4 year old Boxer named “Lexi”.
I have gained a confidence in using Dashboard, Highlights and Workspace that I didn’t have prior to taking the Hapara Champion Educator course. For that, I am extremely grateful. I look forward to applying what I’ve learned and to future courses to further develop my skills and understanding of the program.
Cindy is a high school French teacher in the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She has completed her educator and scholar program and looks forward completing the next level in Hapara learning.
I thoroughly enjoyed the pedagogical approach to the Scholar cadre. It is important to sometimes take a moment and look at the big picture of what you are hoping to achieve in your classroom with technology. This course was very personal and interacting with other educators was inspiring and helpful.
Claudia is a dedicated world languages teacher, she loves her students and strives to provide them the best set of skills. She is always looking for the way to enhance her education and acquire new knowledge. Claudia is eager to learn new technology and work actively to teach her students how to take advantage of opportunities they encounter.
I love to use technology and I am always learning new skills. When Hapara’s opportunity was available I jump with both feet into the learning of this program. I love the fact that this tool is not a spying tool as many students think of, but a tool that provides them with new ways to work with the teacher.
Cynthia has been a 5th and 3rd grade teacher for 9 years. She worked her way through college as a computer technician and brought her love of technology to the classroom. She is now serving Santa Fe Christian Schools as an EdTech Coach and enjoys empowering other teachers to integrate technology. Cynthia is also a Level 2 Google Certiﬁed Educator. She blogs at teachingtechnix.com.
Going through the HCE program was so beneﬁcial! It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed the process. I had used Hapara tools and knew them well, but this program made me think deeply about how to integrate the Hapara suite into the classroom to impact student learning in a positive way. All the work was well worth it and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Hapara extended family.
Dan Hauptman is an Instructional Coach in Educational Technology in the Palmdale School District. He is a Google Certified Teacher, an OARS Certified Trainer, and an Hapara Certified Trainer. Dan came to PSD in 2005, teaching 5th until moving to his current position as an Educational Technology Coach. As well as being an Instructional Coach for PSD, Dan is Co-Director of the Elementary Division of the Los Angeles County Science Olympiad. “Teachers need to be able to bring and manage technology into the classroom. With the guidance of the teacher (facilitator), students should be able to discover the infinite uses of the technology that benefit their learning. I look forward to helping educators teach the skills of tomorrow, today.” Dan has been married for 15 years to Shannon and has 2 kids, Brayden (6) and Luc (8). In his free time, Dan likes to relax camping in places like Big Sur or Sequoia, have a catch with his boys in the front yard, a board game with the family, and catch a Kings or Dodgers game on TV.
The HCCP program is top notch. You may think it is just another program to sit through and click the boxes, but you would be wrong. The program is setup to make you think about the practice of teaching, and really analyze the idea of learner agency. When I entered in the program, I had a pretty good foundation in Hapara. As I progressed through the program, I realized I was not only teaching the use of Hapara all wrong, but I had to look at myself and at my practice of teaching adults. I am a better teacher now that I have progressed through the program.
Debbie is an Instructional Technology Coach for Frederick County Public Schools in Virginia who has been actively supporting teachers with instructional technology use for 8+ years now.
Prior to her role as a coach she was a business teacher at both the high school and middle school level for 13 years.
Debbie’s hobbies include quilting, crochet, knitting, walking her dog, and kayaking!
The Hapara Champion program is very informative. It helps teachers develop a thorough knowledge of the capabilities of Dashboard, Highlights, and Workspace.
Deirdre is a former mainframe programmer turned into a Library Media Specialist. In addition to the teaching her students library skills, she manages the 1-1 program and all things tech.
Hapara is a wonderful tool. I am so thrilled we signed up for it when we switch to Chromebooks 3 years ago. I use many of Hapara’s features daily. I love how easy it is to share files with my students.
Egmond Boon is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Certified Apple Foundations Trainer, Google Certified Innovator and Google Certified Trainer, Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator and Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, Common Sense Certified Educator and Ambassador, and Lego Education Certified Trainer with 21 years of working experience in various international environments. He successfully integrated an Apple/Windows cross-platform learning environment, MakerSpaces and MultiMedia room related to a STEAM programme, 1-to-1 learning programme with iPads, MacBooks and Chromebooks, ePortfolio’s, classroom websites, game-based learning, open source and Web 2.0 tools such as Google Apps, Blogger, Schoolbox, Edmodo, Moodle, Joomla, Wiki server, Vodcast and Podcast station.
Egmond is an International educator experienced in the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP), the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and Dutch national curriculum with advanced skills in management. He mastered Kagan’s cooperative learning structures, Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, Marzano’s effective teaching and learning strategies and Lynn Erickson’s concept-based learning programme.
Egmond Boon is specialised in the integration of Digital Literacy and STEAM, robotics and technology into schools, classrooms and curricula. He is an effective coach and trainer with a clear focus on the teaching and learning processes and the development of key skills amongst learners. Egmond is a Webmaster, digital storyteller, photographer, 3D and clay animator, gamer, multi-instrumentalist and beginner programmer – HTML5, CSS3, Python, Java.
I enjoyed the collaborative aspect and weekly webinar.
Eleni Kyritsis is an IB PYP teacher at Firbank Grammar, an Independent School in Melbourne, Australia. She is a Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator, Hapara Certified Educator, the host and founder of TeachTechPlay, and the creator of the Genius Hour Fair. Eleni is the 2016 Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria Educator of the Year. She incorporates a range of technology into her classes to enhance teaching and learning. Eleni is always looking for new and exciting ways to integrate technology into the classroom to provide rich resources to help foster and support student learning.
The HCE program deepened my understanding of the Hapara tools and enhance the way I use them in my everyday teaching and learning. It allowed me to share my own ideas with other like minded educators and gain an insight into how others use Hapara around the world.
Elisa has 4 years of teaching experience and is passionate about teaching French as a Second Language in Canada. She loves using Hapara to further her students’ learning in French, Science, Social Studies and the Arts.
I love using all of the aspects of Hapara on a daily basis. Creating Workspaces is beyond easy and my students love using it and find it easy to navigate.
Liz has been an instructional technology resource teacher for sixteen years serving in that capacity at both the middle school and high school levels. Liz believes that technology, if used effectively, can enhance learning for students and give them a greater opportunity to take an active, self-directed role in their learning. When Liz is not working, taking courses, earning credentials, or presenting at conferences, she spends time with her family. She also loves to travel, especially to beaches on the Gulf Coast.
What impressed me the most about the Hapara Certification program was that it is designed to deeply engage the HCE learners and model effective practices based on sound pedagogy. Going beyond teaching the tools, the HCE learners hone in on strategies for using the tools to empower students. HCE Learners are expected to be self-directed, offer feedback to others in the program, and reflect upon their work. All the components work together to incorporate transformative instruction.
I am an English teacher, poetry slam coach, and instructional coach at Maine East High School. For the past 13 years I have taught in Maine Township District 207 after working at Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago for 3 years. For the past 14 years I have coached poetry slam teams which participate in Louder Than a Bomb, the Chicago youth poetry festival, as well as several other slams around Chicago. In 2010 I founded Louder Than a Lawnmower, the north suburban poetry festival now in its sixth year in existence. Over the last two years I have served as an Instructional Coach at Maine East, working with teachers to support best practice in the classroom.
Outside of school I like to play games and walk my dogs with my wife and two kids. I also play basketball, run obstacle course races, and love to buy shoes.
I took the HCE course to plan better units, differentiate lessons and gain a better overall understanding of Hapara and all of its functionality. Throughout the course I not only learned about Hapara, but was able to create units and initiate them into my courses right away. The Workspaces I created allowed me to be very organized, differentiate easily, see progress and grade student assignments, while making everything readily available for students. I am excited to continue to grow as an HCE, as well as coach other teachers on the functionality and power of Hapara.
Erin has been teaching middle school science for 13 years at a technology based charter school in Santa Rosa, CA.
Becoming a Hapara Certified Educator was a great experience! I was excited to learn about the features of Hapara that I didn’t know about before and learn how to use Hapara for more than just monitoring students online.
Evyan* is the Educational Technology Coordinator for Battle Ground Public Schools in Washington. In (what feels like) a past life, she taught Reading Intervention and Drama to hilarious students at a difficult—yet rewarding—Title I high school in Tampa, FL. Once she’d had enough of humidity and excess of Walmarts, she moved clear across the country, sight-unseen, to Vancouver,
WA, where she now lives in her Dream House with her adopted, knucklehead dog Steven and totally-chill cat Monkeyface.
Evyan leads the district, including several cohorts of teachers, through the glittery maze of Google Apps for Education. She spends most of her workday fighting the good fight against explicitly teaching technology and–instead–battles to arm students and teachers with tools to be creative, self-sufficient, and flexible in the digital world.
*pronounced EH-vee-yin (not like the water)
The HCE experience allowed me to actually pause and think about pedagogy and teaching–as opposed to teaching tools. Often, there isn’t time for real reflection when you’re running around rolling out a new program or product (or it doesn’t feel like a priority when you have a mile-long to-do list), but HCE coursework forces you to stop and process. Plus, you get to do so alongside peers who are also trudging through the sometimes-messy world of meaningfully teaching with technology, and that sense of community is priceless.
Felecia is a 21-year veteran teacher who loves technology and how it impacts education. She firmly believes that Career & Technical Education is the thread that ties all the different fabrics of education and career success together.
I think this program is a spectacular tool to aid educators in presenting their subject matter to their students in a dynamic format.
Fiona has degrees in Physics, Education and Theology and has trained and taught across four continents. She loves using technology to help kids understand the world better, whether that be the how, the why or the purpose of it all.
I found that this program was useful in getting my head around Hapara’s many and varied uses and functions, as well as consolidating a lot of what I have learned about using technology for differentiation in the classroom. The international community was both supportive and inspiring.
Geeta Ajetrao has been working with Department of Education NSW, in Australia for more than 14 years. She is Acting Head Teacher Teaching and Learning at Arthur Phillip High School.
Arthur Phillip High School is an internationally recognised leader of teaching and learning using technology. They believe their students must also be technologically literate if they are to compete in the complex world of work in the 21st century.
The school has been using Hapara as a Learning Management system since 2014. Hapara has allowed teachers to differentiate in classroom using Hapara Workspace, monitor student work in class using Hapara Highlight and provide meaningful and timely feedback to students.
I am really happy to part of Hapara Champion Educator community and am looking forward to continuing the professional learning by completing Hapara Champion Scholar and Hapara Champion Trainer programs.
The use of technology makes school relevant and engaging so that student are always able to make real world connections with what they are learning.
Hi! I am a special education teacher, case manager, English co-teacher, and most recently, a department instructional coach at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL. I have been fortunate enough to work with some great educators, and have had the opportunity to co-present workshops, both in district and out, on the integration of tech tools in the classroom to use for formative assessment. Although I am NOT a techie by any means, I am an edtech enthusiast, and consider it to be an integral part of any sound pedagogy.
Outside of my classroom walls, I enjoy spending time with my awesome and talented family. I love a good bootcamp style workout, reading the latest young adult lit, and playing the cello to relax…although I am pretty sure my cello playing does not have the same calming effect on those listening to me play. Seven years ago, I also became a founding member of the Galactosemia Association of Midwest America (GAMA) after my second daughter was born with galactosemia (go ahead, Google it). Our family is committed to educating others about this rare, metabolic disease.
As soon as I heard about the HCE program, I knew I wanted it. I joined the program hoping to learn more about how Hapara could assist me in creating purposeful, guided, individualized and differentiated instruction to best meet my students’ needs. However, what I got out of the program was so much more. It helped me become a more reflective educator. I was able to move deeper into my own thoughts and ideas about pedagogy, and my own teaching practice. Technology can be the great equalizer, both for learners and for teachers. However, there needs to be a definite shift in using these tools in a meaningful way, and not just as the latest toy in the classroom. Matching purpose to outcome is key. Hapara makes this shift possible and attainable. I look forward to helping others use Hapara to discover meaningful ways to build on their pedagogy and instruction.
As a Hapara Certified Educator, I am so excited to be connected to this community of educators, connected by Hapara, and sustained by our passion and drive for our craft.
I am a teacher teaching in a Year 6-7 BYOD and have taught Year 2 BYOD. I am also a new Dad. A Hapara certified and trainer educator, classdojo mentor and community leader.
I believe that this programme sets teachers up to be the best that the can be when using the Hapara products. It teachers you to help make a difference in your students lives and gives you the chance as an educator to meet people from all around the world who teach you tricks as well.
Harmony has worked for PasadenaUSD since the Fall of 2005. She spent 8 years in the classroom teaching 6th/8th grade ELA and History. When her school became a STEAM Magnet Academy, she was able to integrate technology into her instruction and able to experiment and explore technology in depth with her students. Being able to do this in the classroom gave her both the experience and passion that led to her becoming an innovative leader in her district. She has spent her time since then helping others in her district integrate technology in a way that cultivates innovation and support learning. Since she spends her days modeling lessons and training teachers on applications, becoming a Hapara Training only seemed natural. She is excited to share this resource with many others in education.
After using Hapara in our district for 2 years, I was excited to be apart of this program. Being able to share and learn from my peers all around the world is such a valuable experience. In education, I believe it’s so important to always take ourselves out of our comfort zones and learn more! That is exactly what this did for me. I now feel prepared to not only share my love for Hapara with other, but capable of training them and helping brainstorm creative classroom solutions through the use of Hapara Teacher Dashboard and Workspace.
Heather Rentz is an Educational Technologist for Buffalo Trail Public Schools in Wainwright, Alberta.. She has been a classroom teacher for 15 years in a wide range of classrooms from Grade 1 to Grade 12. She is currently working with students and staff in her division to implement ethical and responsible digital citizenship practices. She is also working as a learning coach with other educators to create inquiry and technology based projects to enhance education and collaboration. As a 21st century educator, she is constantly changing and evolving her teaching philosophy.
Heather loves adventures and she loves to travel. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and three children in the summer and the winter. Besides being a Hapara Certified Educator, she is also a Google Certified Educator and a devoted life-long learner!
I found that the Hapara Certified Educator program was both challenging and fulfilling. I learned so much about the power of Hapara’s products and the benefits for all students and teachers. I personally reflected on my own teaching practices to improve student engagement. I found new and exciting ways to use Hapara Workspace to encourage differentiation. I also enjoyed meeting and collaborating with so many like-minded professionals from all around the world.
Jackie has been a 6th grade teacher for 4 years and before that taught 2-4th grade. She has always had a passion for learning more in regards to technology and how to best integrate it into her classroom. She also loves to share what she has learned with others and help if wanted in cooperate technology into their classes.
The champion trainer program forced me to move beyond my comfort zone and explore ways of presenting to others that I had never thought of before. The instructors are supportive and there to help you succeed and working as a collaborative group allowed me to discuss ideas with others around the world and become more globally aware of best practices in education.
James is a former math teacher who is now working as an education and data consultant with Amplified IT. He works with schools and districts to implement technology success plans, and identifies or creates solutions to problems educators face in today’s classrooms. He is Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer, and publishes much of work to his website.
Completing the Hapara Certified Educator course was a great experience. Not only did it build my fluency with the tools, but reinforced a focus on good pedagogy.
Learning outcomes were always the heart of the course activities. They encouraged reflective learning and community-building within the group.
Teacher, Coach, Mentor. Always pushing my students, you learn when you are uncomfortable. Why must we continue with the old ways? Actions speak louder than words.
Hapara is doing it the right way, much the same way as Google, opportunities to learn the product in a targeted and self regulated way.
Jen Struebing is a fitness and health enthusiast, former ice-hockey player, scuba diver, competitive stair racer and Ironman. Now, she’s focusing her attention on being the best mom, wife and teacher she can be. She teaches English/ESL at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL. She loves her job and looks forward to going to work every day.
Simply put, Hapara helps me be a better teacher. With Highlights, I can direct my students to practice Digital Citizenship and with Workspace, I can design a curriculum that meets the needs of all my students. Hapara allows me to give immediate feedback and differentiate the activities I provide for my students. During the HCE program, I gained confidence with my Hapara skills and now I want to convince my peers to integrate it in their classroom so we can share the power of Hapara.
Jessica Peters has seen the impact technology can have on student learning and now helps teachers use technology more effectively with their students. After teaching math for several years with a class set of devices (iPads, then Chromebooks), she saw how much more engaged students were and how much easier it was to differentiate practice when devices were available.
When not nerding out on technology and education data, she can be found hiking, kayaking, and exploring America’s National Parks.
Hapara is the tool that I always wished I had when I was teaching, so I could have spent less time making tinyurls and standing at the back of the room watching screens. The HCE course was an opportunity for me to deepen my understanding of Hapara and how it can help our teachers with differentiated learning. I loved learning about the pedagogy behind the functionality and look forward to sharing it with our teachers!
Jessica is a veteran science teacher and educational technology leader. After 6 years of teaching and living in South America, she has recently returned home with her family to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Hapara is the most useful educational technology product for not only managing, but differentiating and elevating the classroom experience. My training as a Hapara Champion Scholar was practical, informative and a great way to connect with colleagues from around the globe. Thank you Hapara!
Jill joined Hopewell Valley Regional School District in 2001. A former programmer analyst, she holds a teaching certificate in elementary education and is a Google Certified Educator. Having worked as a paraprofessional and as the coordinator of administrative computing before moving into her current position of Staff Technology Trainer, Jill understands the technology challenges faced by administrators, teachers, and support staff, and is enthusiastic about collaborating with staff to meet those challenges.
Becoming a Hapara Champion Scholar was a great experience; I was able to explore the pedagogy behind the program while collaborating with educators from different countries. I learned so much from our cadre’s facilitator and the other members as they shared the creative ways Hapara is used to support differentiated instruction and personalized learning in their classrooms and in professional development.
Jill is a Canadian Teacher working in the Independent system in Toronto, Ontario. She teaches grade 5 and uses Hapara on a daily basis. Becoming a Hapara educator is a step on her consistent path of learning and innovation!
I thought the program was great. I learned so much about the different uses of Hapara from Dashboard to Workspace. I was inspired by how other educators around the world are using Workspace and can’t wait to explore even more.
Hi, I’m Jody Blackmore, a Learning Coach with Wolf Creek Public Schools. I truly believe that technology can be a powerful learning tool for students and teachers. Integrating technology into classrooms in a purposeful way is a large focus in my current role and has always been a personal interest. Previously, I taught at a Hutterite Colony school (kindergarten through grade nine in a one-room school with no technology) and served as Team Leader for the Colony teaching team.
I have three smart, talented children and a wonderful, supportive husband. Without my family life would be terribly boring. Together we love taking part in sports, being outside, reading and sometimes just being lazy. 🙂
The HCE program was not the tools based learning I initially expected. Instead, we took a deep dive into the pedagogical theories and practices behind the creation of the Hapara tools. This approach caused me to re-think not only the use of Hapara tools but also the way I present new tools to the teachers I work with. When we put a stronger emphasis on the reasons to use the tools, we look harder at how to use them effectively. This approach helps inspire people to take the jump into the scary and often overwhelming land of “the new”.
Jonas Bäckelin is a certified teacher with specialisation in chemistry, biology and general science from Sweden. His qualifications include ‘Design for Learning’ and ‘Learning Study – Developing Teaching for School Learning’. Jonas also participate in Microsoft in Education Innovative Educator Expert Program and in Google for Education Certified Trainer Program as trainer of fellow teachers.
As a Technology Integration Coach for K12 Education I have experience from Trello and Microsoft Teams to organise courses. I also love Google Keep and obviously the layout and functionality of Teacher Dashboard enhance the possibilities to orchestrate. Differentiate Groups for units of study, abilities or lessons. My take-away is to start a community of Swedish teachers to share experience!
I am a keen digital learner, upskilling myself in all areas possible. I am a Hapara Champion Educator and use Hapara in my own professional learning.
I love the possibilities that Hapara offers for you as the teacher and your children. It is easily used and adapted for your class needs and also to help integrate into your programme.
Julian is a Grade 4 Teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. He is an enthusiastic and outgoing person who tries to embed as much fun as possible into every learning situation. Julian is passionate about education and how students can become even more inspired using technology to enhance and augment their everyday learning and achievements! He strives to break down the four walls of the classroom and build global learning partnerships that are meaningful to students in a 21st century learning environment. Julian used to work at Starbucks and since then has been coffee’s biggest fan. His favourite drink is a White Mocha Americano!
What can I say? The HCE Program was an amazingly enriching experience that gave me a more in depth perspective into what Hapara stands for in education. Not only did I get to learn the ‘nitty gritty’ of the program, but I had the chance to explore how meaningful and influential the tool can be in a modern day classroom. It was a wild adventure, but I can wholeheartedly say that I am walking away with the confidence and enthusiasm to inspire students, teachers, parents, and administration throughout their educational journey. Hapara doesn’t only make learning visible; it makes learning possible.
Justin is a Grade 4 homeroom teacher with a focus on student leadership and technology integration at his small independent school in Toronto, Ontario. Justin holds a Bachelor of Recreation Management from Acadia University and a Graduate Degree in Teaching Primary from the University of Auckland. Now he is a certified Hapara Champion Educator!
I really enjoyed the HCE program this past summer. It was the right amount of challenging, informative, and flexible. I’ve already taken back what I’ve learned to my colleagues and I’m excited to get my class started this year with amazing new ideas for how to use Hapara effectively in my classroom.
Karen Black is a National Board Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education. She teaches Project Lead the Way (pre-engineering) classes and Video Game Programming in the Sumner School District. She is a coach/advisor for robotics and broadcast clubs.
An avid photographer, Karen can be found out early or up late in all weather to “get the shot”.
Over the past few years I’ve experimented with a variety of methods for differentiating instruction and encouraging students to be self-directed learners. My goal entering this program was to discover what Hapara had to offer and see how it would fit into my classroom.
I am very happy with the ability to create groups in the Workspace. This works especially well in my Video Game Programming class where students work through a series of games at their own pace. As I assign a student to a group they see goals, resources, assignments, and rubrics that are specific to where they are in the progression.
Karen has been a primary school teacher for 16 years and has enjoyed working in a variety of settings and across all primary grade levels. She is currently working in the western suburbs of Melbourne where she is the Year 3/4 Learning Leader and Mathematics Leader.
Karen loves learning new things and is passionate about growing and developing as both a learner and an educator. She believes that students deserve rich, engaging, varied learning experiences and sees technology as a means to support this.
Outside of teaching, Karen loves to travel. Teaching has given her the opportunity to live and work in Kenya, England, Fiji and East Timor. Unfortunately, the more she travels, the longer her ‘Must Visit’ list becomes.
The practical, hands-on nature of the Hapara Champion Trainer program was exactly what I was looking for in a course. Throughout the program, I not only developed my understanding and application of Hapara tools, but developed a greater understanding of the philosophies, practices and tools associated with training adult learners. I valued the fact that the course was based around best practice in terms of pedagogy and allowed me to learn with and from educators from around the world.
Karen is a lover of learning and has been an educator for 14 years. She has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at Pembroke Pines Charter FSU Elementary School located in Pembroke Pines, Florida. She loves traveling and is especially interested in history and trivial information. She enjoys playing Scrabble, cooking Italian food, and loves spending time with friends and family.
The Hapara Champion program has provided me with tools and knowledge necessary to assist my students in learning through technology. The Hapara program also helps me to differentiate instruction, provide communication, and immediate feedback to my students. I love how it provides my young students access and interaction with the internet while learning.
Kat studied musical theatre performance at Mountview Theatre School in London, England. And she still sings her heart out but does it while building blogs, typing tweets, and Facebooking frantically. Kat started teaching in NYC in 2001 and taught drama for many years until arts positions began to dwindle. Pursuing a master’s degree at Walden University in Integrating Technology in the Classroom, Kat found her new calling. Technology came as easy as a song and a dance. Kat continued to go to school and received an Ed. S. in Educational Technology. Kat joined the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) February 2013 as the Director of Technology Solutions. Since then she has made an impact in secure care schools in more than thirty-eight states. She uses her impeccable comic timing to deliver high-quality, interactive, and engaging professional development to teachers and administrators in secure settings.
Hapara is a game changer for secure schools who are looking to offer 21st Century Skills in the classroom. I am honored to help train teachers to utilize these tools to encourage poitive digital use in their classroom.
Kati Tilley is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches English Language Arts at Lake Stevens High School. A technology mentor, KT not only teaches AP English Literature and English 10, but helps her peers integrate technology into their classrooms. Also, KT is a Core Advocate and volunteers time to the Washington Language Arts Council as their Executive Board Secretary–an NCTE affiliate. Currently, her professional area of interest includes researching and learning about digital literacy.
When KT isn’t working, she spends her time with her two sons (9 and 4). Some of her hobbies include the following: traveling, gardening, baking, astronomy, sketching, and writing. Though, she also enjoys binge watching TV shows on Netflix (or anything she’s saved up on her DVR).
When I started the HCE program, my only goal was to figure out how to use Hapara well enough to explain it to others in my building. The HCE program exceeded this expectation. The certification course is set up through Workspace, and I really enjoyed experiencing Workspace as a student before I attempted to use it as a tool in my teaching. In the course itself, we explored pedagogy, the latest research in best practices (for integrating technology), and were able to discuss our learning with one another. The HCE program is about so much more than Hapara, it’s about good teaching in a digital environment; it’s about empowering our students; it’s about fostering 21st-Century skills. After completion of the course, I feel ready to share what I’ve learned, not just in my classroom or building, but with anyone who will listen!
Katie is an instructional coach in the near west suburbs of Chicago. Prior to coaching, she spent 14 years in the classroom as a high school English teacher. She is a Mizzou grad, book worm, and (World Champions) Cubs fan.
I am excited to help others leverage the powers of collaboration and vision that Hapara provides!
Kelli Lane is a Technology Integration Specialist for the Avoca School District. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology as well as Educational Theatre. Teaching in Kansas City, Dubai and now the suburbs of Chicago, Kelli has been a general ed and computer teacher, tech support, tech trainer, and coach.
The Hapara Champion Educator helped me to expand my skillset and see new ways to utilize Hapara’s tools – especially Workspace. The Google Group was support, the course interesting, and the experience valuable.
Kellie is a Primary School teacher with over 20 years experience in all year levels. She has also undertaken a number of different leadership roles during this time. Kellie is currently teaching at Sacred Heart PS. Newport, in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne.
Kellie believes in lifelong learning and taking up opportunities to continually improve her knowledge and skills.
Outside of school Kellie enjoys a variety of arts and crafts, reading, cooking (a sweet tooth means many desserts and slices!), Pilates and walking help to keep her healthy and relaxed.
Being part of the HCE program was both a challenging and rewarding experience. It challenged me to reflect on my own teaching beliefs and approaches. It both reinforced and extended my knowledge. Interacting in a professional learning community with like-minded educators was a privilege. Incorporating the use of Hapara into my teaching has improved student engagement and outcomes.
Kelly Day is currently a Year 5 classroom teacher at Camberwell Grammar School and has worked in a range of primary year levels. Before moving schools Kelly was a Teaching and Learning Leader and helped develop and implement a range of initiatives within the school like, Code Club and a robotics program, G Suite and Hapara. She is continuing to look at some of these initiatives at Camberwell Grammar.
Kelly Day is currently a Year 5 classroom teacher at Camberwell Grammar School and has worked in a range of primary year levels. Before moving schools Kelly was a Teaching and Learning Leader and helped develop and implement a range of initiatives within the school like, Code Club, a robotics program, G Suite and Hapara. She is continuing to look at some of these initiatives at Camberwell Grammar.
Kelly is a Google Certified Educator and now a Hapara Certified Trainer. She has a particular interest in contemporary education and is always looking for ways to make learning more engaging and authentic for students. She loves thinking creatively about the different ways things can be done and working with others to share and build ideas. Kelly is a lover of learning and is always looking for opportunities to discover something new.
The Hapara Certified Educator and Trainer courses were excellent ways to rethink how we are using technology to improve pedagogy. My time in this course helped me connect with a range of educators throughout the world who hold a similar importance on engaging and authentic learning. It was an extremely rich experience as the vast knowledge shared by these people was invaluable.
Kyle is the Technology Coordinator at Tuckerton Elementary school in New Jersey. Kyle is a Google Certified Innovator, Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator, and now a Hapara Certified Educator. He is passionate about connecting students and teachers globally. He is also an adjunct professor at Stockton University where he teaches a digital literacy course for undergraduates that prepares them for their intended careers.
The Hapara CE program allowed me to see past using Hapara as just a management tool and begin to utilize it as a truly diversified instructional platform.
LaToya is an Instructional Coach in Newark, New Jersey. She has a passion for Mathematics and learning new things! LaToya provides PD to the staff of her building on a variety of topics including (but not limited to) data, technology program and student engagement. LaToya enjoys working with students when she is not actively coaching.
The Hapara Champion Educator program helped me to understand the program with a different lens. My school has newly adopted Hapara and we were using it just to monitor the students on the program. The totally WRONG to use Hapara. I am now leading the charge and the staff to use Hapara as the digital learning platform it was created to be. Instead of giving scholars major consequences for being off task on their chromebooks, we are using the infractions as a way to educate students on making better decisions while in class. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge on the use of workspace to create Personal Learning Committees (PLC’s) with my colleagues.
A Junior teacher who is passionate about learning alongside students.
I found the course informative and empowering.
I am currently the teacher librarian at Jefferson High School Middle College for Advanced Studies in Portland, Oregon. I have worked as a teacher librarian for almost ten years and was a classroom English teacher for six. I also spent several years as an adjunct faculty member in Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education Library Media Education program.
The HCE was one of the most beneficial professional/educational opportunities that I have had. Not only did it give me insight and training on using Hapara, but more important, the training focused on using technology in conjunction with best pedagogical practices. It helped me not only better focus the work I do with students, but also how I support my colleagues.
I am, first and foremost, a classroom teacher. My 37 year career has mostly been in Richland School District classrooms. I took a leave for two years to help establish and teach in Canada’s first university-wide writing program at the University of Winnipeg. This tenure in college teaching convinced me that high school was where I belonged, but it also showed me the power of technology as a tool for facilitating learning. Most recently, my role as a Classroom Support Teacher allows me to work with fellow classroom teachers, in all disciplines, to continuously grow and refine instruction to increase student achievement.
HCE was my first foray into the student world of digital learning. It was an eye opening experience that I will use to help me help others learn Hapara. How so? Well, as a student, the course was a challenging blend of hands-on and theory, group and individual, face-to-face and online. So, while I learned a lot about the content of the Hapara IMS, I also learned that effective PD for Hapara must, like the IMS itself, be crafted to meet and respect a broad continuum of learner needs. The point being: if teachers do not find this amazing tool worth the toil, it will never become a part, let alone the heart, of their teaching and their growth as an educator.
Lindsey Stevens is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher who lives in Tacoma, WA. She has been a high school teacher of social studies and English for fourteen years. This year has been her first year out of the classroom as a full time mentor teacher. She loves to spend time with her kids, be crafty, and read. She is very passionate about teacher leadership and how she can grow herself and others.
She currently blogs for corelaboratewa.org and has been doing that for over two years.
The HCE program was a learning stretch for me. Most of the other members seemed to be technology specialist; I however, am not. I was able to do some great networking and solving of my own problems. I feel that I have greatly upped my game in my ability to help teachers use this tool in their classrooms and maximize results and student learning.
I am also excited to use the new platform for some of the adult learning sessions I am planning in the near future.
Lindy Hockenbary is the founder, trainer, and digital learning coach at InTECHgrated Professional Development. Lindy is a business and FACS teacher who began working as a curriculum developer/trainer and found a passion in training and technology integration. She currently teaches face-to-face, video-conference, and online trainings for teachers across the country but is based in Bozeman, MT. Lindy’s strength and passion is helping teachers utilize technology as a seamless instructional tool for learning. In addition to being a Hapara Champion Consultant, Lindy is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Educator Level 2 and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer.
I am always looking for professional learning opportunities for myself that model the digital, 21st century teaching practices that I work with teachers to develop. Hapara Certification was one of the best professional learning opportunities I have experienced. Effective learning strategies were modeled, and I loved the focus on pedagogy.
Lisa has been in the field of education for 20 years. She is an experienced teacher who loves to help others learn to use technology to enhance teaching and learning!
The program prepared me to help others learn to use Hapara.
Louise has been teaching Grade 6 for the last nine years, in the west of Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about student’s directing their own learning, trialing new initiatives across the curriculum and designing engaging and innovative learning experiences for her students.
Most recently, Louise has taken on the role of Leader of STEM and Grade 5/6 Learning Leader at St Peter Apostle, Hoppers Crossing.
In her downtime, Louise enjoys playing basketball. This hobby has seen her travel to America, New Zealand and various locations around Australia, representing various state and national teams.
Working with peers and designing a variety of webinars to demonstrate my understanding and expertise has been a really rewarding experience. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing and learning about the variety of ways colleagues differentiate and promote learner agency in their classrooms, around the world. I wasn’t just learning about the tools of Hapara, I was extending my pedagogical content knowledge regarding what good teaching and learning looks like.
Fourth-year English teacher in East Palo Alto. She is passionate about the implementation of tech in the classroom in order to help students become savvy 21st-century learners and critical thinkers.
Hapara is a great tool that helps me streamline the tasks and goals for my classroom. Hapara has allowed me to provide students with targeted feedback without feeling overwhelmed with files to sort through.
Lynn Koresh is a teacher at Edgewood Campus School in Madison, Wisconsin, who teaches Information Technology and Computer Science Classes. Koresh believes that technology is a tool for learning, not an end in itself. She teaches information technology, digital citizenship, STEM and computer science to students students in grades 4-8. Mrs. Koresh has been involved in many global collaborative projects including Flat Connections collaborative project, Level Up Village Camps, and a partnership with Purley School sponsored by JDO Foundation.
I have also coached several Technovation teams and a winning ProjectCS girls team. Under the leadership of Lynn Koresh, Edgewood Campus School is the 2016 National ICE Grand Prize winners in the Innovative Technology Project category.
I believe Hapar is a tool that helps teachers organize and collect data. Hapara Dashboard and Highlights are tools that I depend on every day to enhance teaching and learning.
Marea Spentzos-Inghram is a Middle School Science Teacher in Mt. Prospect, IL. She has been in science education for over 15 years. In addition to being passionate about teaching students science, she loves finding ways to incorporate technology to improve her teaching methods in addition to reaching all the different types of learners in her classroom.
The Hapara Champion Educator program was a fantastic way to learn all that Hapara has to offer. From managing classes and keeping student work organized to designing workspaces, it covered everything to give me the confidence to fully implement it in my classroom.
Mark Emmons is an Instructional Coach for Leyden High School District 212 in Franklin Park, IL. His experience includes 12 years teaching in the social sciences, with a focus on Economics and Sociology.
Mark is a Google Certified Trainer and has worked with Google and Hapara applications since 2012.
This is Mark’s second career, having entered the teaching profession after retirement from 25 years in the professional publishing and training industry where he was a principal and officer at a large privately held firm serving the needs of the financial services industry.
The best part of the HCE program?
The opportunity to interact and learn from a diverse group of like minded individuals from across the world. The focus is on pedagogy and not just the tool.
As an instructional coach, understanding the environment within which other schools operate provides insight and offers solutions that can be applied locally. HCE provides that opportunity.
Math and computer science teacher
I love how Workspaces supercharge student-centered projects.
Martha Campos has served in several capacities in Educational Technology. She began working in the IT Department as a Student Information Systems Coordinator and a Systems Analyst. She was an Instructional Technology Specialist for 15 years before she decided to become a Computer Information Teacher. During her tenure as a teacher, she established many initiatives that involved Digital Citizenship and Computer Information Systems for high school students and was involved as an IT consultant to establish 21st Century Digital Literacy Curriculum at a district level.
Amongst her passions, she enjoys teaching teachers new technology solutions to enrich the classroom experience for all grade levels. Martha holds a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Science and a M.A. in Educational Leadership.
Enrolling in the HCE program was so much fun! Exchanging so many wonderful ideas with others who share your passion was a great experience! Having navigated so many tech tools over the years made me appreciate Hapara even more. Students and teachers alike are enjoying all the wonderful and meaningful pedagogies that have shifted the way we learn. I’m happy that HCE allowed me to be the catalyst for change.
Matt Sheehan is an Instructional Technology Specialist for the Southwest Cook County Cooperative for Special Education. Previously, he was a Special Education teacher for high school students primarily with Emotional Disabilities. He is responsible for maintaining instructional related software for the cooperative including PowerSchool and G Suite for Education as well as training staff members and students.
The Hapara Champion Educator program was a great first step in learning about and using the various pieces of Hapara such as Highlights and Dashboard to the full extent of their capabilities.
Maureen has been working in educational technology for over 20 years. Her first experience was at a public school district when the district technology initiative was in its infancy. Her job was to train the teachers how to use the laptops issued to them. This meant training them on the device itself, on how to take attendance online, and on MS Office, file management, and what a network was . . . She was able to work with a team to deliver ongoing PD before/after school, on institute days, and during the summer offering week long technology academies. She also pushed into classrooms to model lessons, assist teachers, and make recommendations about how to integrate technology with their curriculum.
Currently, she is working at a Catholic school as the PreK thru 8th grade technology teacher, school technology coordinator, technology PD developer and facilitator, and IT specialist. Her school is a 1:1 school with PreK through 3rd grade students using iPads and grades 3 through 8 using Chromebooks and Hapara.
Hapara is a powerful program that provides a way for teachers and students to have all work for a lesson, unit, or project in one place using Workspace. The program allows teacher to comment on students work in real time to give them encouragement and feedback. It allows students to work independently, with a partner, and in groups. It allows the teacher to put students into differentiated groups and assign work that would be appropriate for all students. The possibilities with this program go on and on as it is constantly evolving to meet the needs of both teachers and students.
Meghan works in the Edina Public School District as the Elementary Digital Learning Specialist. Her passions include working with teachers to help improve student learning by launching teacher instruction to new levels. Outside of work, she is working to start a hop farm and loves to spend time outdoors.
I loved going through the Hapara Program because it didn’t teach the technology, it taught good teaching pedagogy using Hapara as a support. Everything we did centered around student learning and becoming a better educator. The use of the tool was incorporated throughout the course as a tool to support best teaching practices.
Hi! I am a 4th grade classroom teacher that enjoys integrating learning techniques to promote student engagement. I have enjoyed being given the chance to provide and lead workshops in hopes that our school of 520 students, get the opportunity to experience learning with technology. My passion for learning, technology, and teaching has inspired me to be more intentional in creating lessons where all students feel successful and motivated to learn. I am always looking for exciting ways to integrate technology into the classroom to help promote and support student learning.
I have enjoyed becoming a member of the HCE community. This program gave me the opportunity to reflect on my lessons and how I was dealing with the 21st Century learner. The program has provided me with instructional practices that helped me think about how I create lessons and how I am fostering to the needs of all types of learners.
The focus on Hapara pedagogy throughout the HCE course has helped me grow as an educator.
Melissa is a Digital Learning Coach in a large school district in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. She is passionate about the use of digital tools to enhance the learning opportunities for all students. It is a great time to be involved in education!
The course took all the little pieces of Hapara that I knew and showed me the big picture. I was able to better understand and utilize the different features as I completed the Modules.
She teaches Spanish and Yearbook at Hoopeston Area High School. She is a Hapara Champion Educator.
I enjoy learning about how to efficiently use the Hapara program so that I may assist my students learning. The Hapara program helps me to differentiate for my students. I look forward to learning much more.
Michelle is a primary school teacher in Australia with over 30 years teaching experience. She is passionate about IT and differentiating the curriculum so that all learners will succeed. Michelle values IT because of the many ways it can be used to engage learners.
I believe Hapara is a fantastic tool to enable a smooth workflow within the classroom. The ability to push documents out to students and help them organise their work is invaluable.
Michelle loves everything about teaching and technology and learning new things. 31 years in the classroom, and still going strong!
Hapara has a teacher’s heart.
Nadjib is a third culture kid and now works at international schools similar to the ones he attended growing up. He has taught technology classes at all grade levels, coached teachers as a tech integration specialist, and is now the Director of Technology at an international school in Venezuela.
Nadjib loves languages, is passionate about education, appreciates smart design, and is hooked on technology.
The HCE program was a valuable learning experience. It’s the kind of professional development that has a strong impact on educators’ approaches to teaching and learning. The focus on pedagogy is what makes the HCE program really stand out. It has profoundly changed the way I look at planning and implementing professional development. I highly recommend it!
Natalia Walchli has been an educator for 12 years. Her career started working with elementary students and then she moved into her area of passion, the primary years. Currently, she is a pedagogical coach at Gulliver for teachers Prk-3 to 8th grade. In her role as pedagogical coach, she supports instruction that promotes student voice, choice and making. She is always looking for ways to meet various learners needs and is grateful to the solutions offered by modern technology. Natalia is passionate about teachers professional development and is proud to say she is an Edcamp Miami organizer. Natalia has a Masters from the University of Miami and is a proud Hurricane Google Certified Educator & Hapara Certified Trainer.
I found the HCE program to be more about pedagogy than about technology tools. The program focused on instructional practice and bumping up learning for our students and ourselves. I had the opportunity to learn how to make quality tutorials that focus on pedagogy and keep the adult learner in mind. The asynchronous webinars promote collaboration in a way I had not seen in other programs. I am so grateful to have been a part of the program and I am proud to be a part of the Hapara community of educators.
Nathan is currently a Learning Coach, working with teachers in the areas of Technology Integration, Literacy and Assessment and Instruction. He has a passion for technology integration and making learning meaningful to students. Nathan taught in a 1:1 environment for 4 years before stepping out of the classroom to take on the Learning Coach role and is a level 2 Google Certified Educator.
The Certified Educator program was a great experience! We didn’t just dive into the different tools Hapara has to offer but looked at the pedagogy and best practices to effectively use the tools in the classroom. Even though I have been using Hapara products for a few years now, there was still plenty to learn in this program. I highly recommend it anyone either getting started with Hapara products or someone a long time user.
Nichole is a Technology Integration Specialist for Richland 2 School District, one of the ﬁrst GAFE and 1:1 computing districts in the United States. As a technology leader for the district, she is continually searching and learning for the most innovative ways to transform learning and teaching in the classroom. Her education passion grows as she provides teachers with training and sustained support to develop transparent technology use so our students are prepared for the 21st Century future.
As an advocate for using the Hapara tools in the classroom, the HCE program was a perfect opportunity for me to master Hapara as an asset to educators. Not only did I learn how to use the tools, I learned how to use them seamlessly on a routine basis. Hapara designed these tools with purpose, meaning, and engagement in the classroom to redeﬁne teaching and learning. They truly know the pedagogy behind what they do and developed tools to match that transparent use in the classroom. Being part of the HCE program helped me learn these foundations and make connections with people worldwide to share experiences and expertise.
Paul teaches drama, music, visual art, and media. He is constantly seeking new ways to innovate instruction by utilising the power of technology, and is passionate about encouraging other educators to do the same. Paul is a Level 2 Google Certiﬁed Educator. He blogs at techeduarts.blogspot.com.au.
The HCE program gave me an opportunity to reﬂect on my teaching habits though using a very familiar classroom tool, Hapara. It proved to be rewarding in that now I have an even greater understanding of the importance of reﬂective teaching practices. With the accreditation, I feel more conﬁdent in guiding other staﬀ in developing their own skillsets in the classroom.
Paula Di Domenico, Ed.D is the department chair for student supports at Leyden District 212. She also serves the district as an instructional coach. Paula teaches a variety of literacy and education courses as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Illinois University, Lewis University, and National Louis University.
Prior to becoming an instructional coach, Paula taught both English and developmental reading courses to high school students.
The HCE program gave me an opportunity to ensure I focus my professional development efforts on sound pedagogy and then leverage technology to meet the pedagogical goals.
I appreciated the opportunity to learn with and from colleagues across the country who are focused on similar work.
Paula has been a computer science, graphic design and web design teacher as well as technology integration specialist for 11 years. Paula is currently a teacher on special assignment as an instructional technology coach for K-12, helping other teachers embrace technology in a 1:1 classroom.
In going through the Hapara Certified Educator program I learned so much. The growth that I gained at the hands of my peers in the program will serve me well as I coach my peers to embrace technology.
I now have the skills to be a leader in my district in Hapara and show my fellow teachers all the options for differentiating instruction.
Pauline is currently the Manager of Technology at KIPP Indy Public Schools. She has 7 years of teaching experience ranging from technology, literacy and most recently computer science. She loves learning new EdTech tools, reading and all things Harry Potter!
I’ve learned so many new tricks and ways to incorporate Hapara tools which I plan to explore even further in the next Hapara Champion courses. I never realized all the ways educators can use Hapara in the classroom because of the wide range of tools Hapara has to offer. I think every school that uses Google Apps for Education should be required to take this course.
Phill is a Learning Coach with Wolf Creek Public Schools. He started his teaching career at Bluffton School teaching junior high math and science within a one-to-one environment for eight years. For the past two years he has shifted into a coaching and support role for teachers, helping them learn and grow as they build their pedagogical and technological toolboxes.
Phill grew up and continues to live in Sylvan Lake with his wife and young son. In his spare time he loves to play a variety of sports and read avidly!
The HCE is a unique program as not only does it develop your comfort and understanding of how Hapara products work, but more importantly it helps develop an understanding of how to best use the tools to facilitate student growth and success. I found this particularly powerful in my role as a coach since I am charged with not only developing teacher technological knowledge, but more importantly how they can best leverage it inside and outside their classrooms.
In terms of the course design and structure the online collaboration is powerful and well-facilitated. I learned a great deal from my colleagues through this process. I highly recommend it!
Rachel is a secondary school English teacher who loves how digital tools can transform learning and 21st Century classrooms. She lives in sunny Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, and loves reading, gardening and pretty much every sport.
I loved doing the HCCP course and am spreading the word on how Workspace can make learning more visible, engaging and collaborative for our students. The course gave me a great chance to (virtually) meet educators from around the globe, and by the end of it I had a clear appreciation of Hapara Dashboards tools, and the confidence to create and use my own workspaces. I would highly recommend it.
Rachel is a 7th grade math and science teacher at McKinley School of the Arts. She also teaches middle school art. She is the Vanguard Team Leader- driving the personalized learning initiative. She will be starting her 10th year in the fall and loves her renewed love for the classroom. She is married and has an adorable puppy.
The Hapara Champion courses are fantastic. It really deepened my understanding of Hapara and allowed me to do more than just “catch my students” off task. I was able to create workspaces for my classes, including art. It also provided me with the knowledge to be a valuable resource for my school site and district.
Randy Fairfield has an M.Ed in Professional Studies in Teaching and Learning and currently serves as a Technology/Instructional Coach at Carmichael Middle School in the Richland School District in Eastern Washington. His experience working in high-poverty schools, dropout recovery schools, and parent partnership programs has led him to be passionate about leveraging educational technology to connect with students and their families. Randy became the first Google for Education Certified Trainer in Eastern Washington in 2016 and is one of the first fifteen Hapara Certified Champion Trainers in the world. Randy is also an Edmodo Certified Trainer, celebrated EdmodoCon 2015 Speaker, and Edmodo 2015 Ambassador of the Year, and has been featured keynote speaker at a number of Summits featuring Google for Education.
Going through the Hapara Champion Educator and Trainer courses really helped me see the pedagogical value of Hapara. I was very appreciative that best practices were both taught and modeled during the duration of the courses, such as those expressed in John Hattie’s Visible Learning. These courses have equipped me to help teachers use educational technology in ways that support student-centered practices!
Rebecca is a teacher at Ellerslie School in New Zealand. She is one of the BYOD leaders for the school and has worked to upskill herself in Hapara and other digital programmes.
This program was great to have a look further into using Hapara. Made me realised what else I could do with this to help aid student achievement at school. Am going to encourage more of my team members to do it next year.
eLearning Co-ordinator at a school that has gone “fully Google”, where teachers heavily use Teacher Dashboard across Year 7 – 12.
An excellent program leading you through all aspects of the Hapara system, allowing you to become a better user and advocate of the tools available.
Rod Carnill is currently serving in his fifth year as the supervisor of instructional technology coaches for Frederick County Public Schools. He began his career as an elementary teacher then became an instructional technology resource teacher. Rod is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE). He also serves VSTE as the Advocacy Committee Chair. Rod is also currently an adjunct professor for Shenandoah University teaching Educational Technology Applications courses.
I enjoyed the hands on approach and the level of engagement that was built into the program. I enjoyed learning from the facilitator (Evyan Wagner) ass well as from other participants. There will be continued value in participating in the global community created through the Hapara Champion cadre.
Rona, New Zealand’s first HCE, is a senior syndicate leader/teacher who works with Year 7-8 students at Tairangi School. She is super excited about moving forward using 21st century learning. Rona is passionate about breaking down the classroom walls and giving students access to learning. She has a love for technology and enjoys bringing it to the classroom.
The HCE program allowed me to develop ways to align current teaching pedagogy into the practical planning and delivery of lessons for learners through tools such as; Workspace, Highlights and Dashboard.
When I started the programme I had to step out of my comfort zone. There was an expectation that I participate in group discussion, meet up with others online and lastly collaborate with people across the globe. All of this new territory for me. Having completed the programme I am enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge with others whilst continually keeping myself in the loop with innovative changes.
Dynamic, innovative history teacher who believes that students thrive in an environment that allows them to think critically and solve problems.
I love that this platform allows teachers to truly differentiate instruction for all students. It affords teachers and students to be transparent in our thinking and learning.
I currently serve the students and staff of the Olympia School District as an instructional technology coach. Prior to this year, I was for eight years a middle school teacher-librarian, so this position has been a natural extension for me to continue to connect, collaborate and create with kids and teachers. I often refer to myself as a “teacher-librarian-at-large,” and I have the good fortune to work with an amazing group of professionals who make Library Information & Technology (LIT!) happen in Washington State.
This coming year I am excited to help lead our Digital Immersion Initiative (DII) Cohort, a team of teachers who are exploring models for personalized learning and dedicated 1:1 devices in their classrooms.
One of my favorite parts of this job is figuring out how to “flip” our professional development models to match the personalized, learner-centered classrooms for which we strive. The Hapara Certified Educator Program served as a great example for how I can design PD within our district that is challenging, collaborative, hands-on, and learner-driven. The HCE units in Workspace were well-designed and incorporated a variety of tools for creation. Allison’s feedback was helpful and timely, and I appreciated the support of the cohort on G+. As a result, we have modeled a number of our DII trainings on the approaches I experienced in the HCE program.
Shawn is the Technology Integration Director for New Prague Area Schools. His education career started in 1996 as a middle school technology education teacher. He began leading the technology integration program (TIP) in 2005. During that time, he became an Intel Teach Program – Master Teacher and led a team of educators who developed a district- wide digital learning environment. He believes integration is not about learning how to use technology, but using technology to learn.
In his spare time, Shawn enjoys running and other outdoor activities. He is the head girls cross-country coach and has completed five marathons. His favorite summer getaways are spent with his wife and three kids camping and mountain biking.
The Hapara Certified Educator program was both challenging and rewarding. It was a unique experience collaborating with educators from around the world. I appreciated how the course was designed to give participants hands-on experience with the features of Hapara, but placed the greatest emphasis on the pedagogy of how the tool supports inquiry, agency, and student learning.
Stacy is a science educator at a public high school and one of the school’s technology leaders.
I have enjoyed learning how to utilizing this program to creating individualized learning experiences for my students.
Stephanie is an Integrated Science teacher at Robious Middle School in Chesterfield County, Virginia. She has taught science in various school settings grade 2 – 12 for 26 years. Currently, she teaches 8th grade students in a center-based gifted program.
One of Stephanie’s core beliefs is that engaging children in creative problem solving through authentic learning experiences will set in motion tomorrow’s solutions for complex problems we face today.
When she isn’t teaching children, she works at training her goldendoodle, Ellie, visiting her children at her alma mater, William and Mary, and spending time on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Taking part in the Hapara Certified Educator Program has allowed me to look at the use of technology in my classroom from a pedagogical point of view. I have always been a “tech forward” teacher and enjoy the challenge of learning to apply new tools to my lessons. Through participation in the HCE program, I began to think about how I can use technology to increase student agency and improve my ability to assess and communicate with my students.
Stephanie Howell has been working in Pickerington Schools since 2014. She is currently the Middle School Instructional Technology Coordinator for Pickerington Schools. She has also taught special education in 5th grade at Diley Middle School. She has worked previous to Pickerington as an Independent Provider for individuals with Special Needs and as an One-On-One Aide at Forest Rose School. Stephanie has volunteered and worked in the Special Education field since 2006. I enjoy working with staff and students to increase the use of instructional technology.
I learned how to use dashboard and highlights to create a positive enviroment in my classroom.
Stephanie is a former high school teacher who is currently working as a Learning Technology Consultant at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Part of her work is to support educators in their implementation of pedagogical practices across the curriculum and deepen the learning of students by leveraging digital tools and resources. Stephanie is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and previously taught teacher candidates at the University of Ottawa. She is passionate about Future Ready Schools and learner agency. Stephanie is the proud mother of two and a cottage enthusiast.
As an educator and a consultant, I see a digital transformation happening in education. Hapara feeds into this transformation by allowing teachers to change the way we work with our students. The HCE program helped me better prepare for the work I do with teachers, and I love that it focused on pedagogical practices first. It has been a wonderful learning opportunity with a supportive community of other like-minded educators from around the world”
Steph is a passionate traveller, lover of the Humanities, History Teacher, Proud Ottawan, goof & grilled cheese aficionada.
Hapara allows me to provide real time feedback to students, differentiate stimulus and assist students in organization.
Steve is a 29 year veteran classroom teacher in the Palmdale School District and new educational technology coach. He is also a credentialed Library Media Teacher who has always had a passion for edtech. He believes that technology has the power to transform teaching and learning.
The Hapara Certified Educator Program was not your typical professional development. It was challenging and thought provoking. It was not just a point and click training of some software program. It was focused on transforming your pedagogy and student learning. The past few years have been so focused on direct instruction that student agency became diminished. Hapara will help us promote much more learner agency both in the classroom and in our professional development offerings. I look forward to training our teachers not only about the functions of Hapara but to train how Hapara can transform the way they teach.
Susan Oehlertz is a former business and computer teacher. She has 23 years of classroom teaching experience where she has taught a wide range of students – K-12. She is credited for piloting an elementary technology curriculum that catapulted their district into 21st Century teaching and learning. Susan now has taken on a new role in a new district as a Technology Integrationist Coach. Susan truly loves this new role and the opportunities it brings. She gets to help teachers build their digital toolbox, instill the pedagogy behind these tech tools, and model tech integration to admins, teachers, and students. Susan believes to truly integrate technology into education, it takes a great deal of imagination, thinking, and planning. It involves a strategy that considers pedagogical need, technological affordances, and transparency within the classroom. Susan is also a Seesaw Ambassador, has a driving passion for photography and runs a successful photography business in her “off school” time, is a head VB coach, has a husband who is an administrator so “hears” both sides of educational issues, and has three wonderful children.
The HCE program was a fantastic learning journey for me. My district has used Hapara for three years, but not effectively to enhance student agency and boost student achievement. The HCE program delved into the pedagogy behind its tools and really made me think about purposeful ways I can help my teachers move toward better teaching and learning practices. The HCE Google+ Community is a wonderful resource, and a place I “live” frequently to get inspired by other fellow educators. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to “be better!”
Tanya is enthusiastic about her career and loves trying new things out whenever possible.
I completed the first stage of the Hapara course and thoroughly enjoyed the content and ideas that were shared amongst other like minded people. Having the chance to complete the next level is something I am looking forward to learning and sharing with my students and colleagues.
Tanya has been teaching in New Zealand and Australia through multiple grades for the past 15 years, she is a passionate educator that takes a personal interest in her students learning. Tanya is always looking to extend her own learning and challenge herself to benefit her students.
For the past 3 years she has been teaching at Lumen Christi in Point Cook, Melbourne where she started her Hapara journey. 2017 has seen Tanya step in a leadership role in Grade 5 team.
Outside of teaching Tanya is kept busy with her family life. She is married with two children, a fanatical rugby supporter and a passionate foodie. She enjoys spending time with her family and is always on the lookout for a new Café to try.
Completing the HCE programme has allowed me to explore the full potential of using Hapara in the classroom. I started the programme to deepen my own understanding, but am now able to apply the knowledge and skills gained to support not only other members of my team, but staff within the whole school.
I really enjoyed working through the ‘workspace’ example as a student, and the collaboration and communication with other teachers throughout the programme. The online discussion and feedback received from teachers around the world was a valuable tool. I look forward to continuing my HCE journey.
Theren Hayes is currently an Instructional Technology Coach for Tukwila School District in Washington state. He has taught for 16 years in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and multi-age classrooms. Theren has taught in a 1:1 environment since 2005. He has a Masters degree in Instructional Technology. He is a Google Certified Educator Level 2, Hapara Certified Educator and a National Board Certified Teacher.
Why Hapara Dashboard, Highlights and Workspace?
Use in PD and for PD
Support students digitally
Access to formative feedback
And all of that in a tool set that is accessible to learn and learner focused.
That is why I would use Hapara tools.
Theresa is a passionate and dedicated educator who enjoys enhancing her craft as a teacher through innovative technologies, such as Hapara, that simultaneously engage and support the variety of learners in her classroom.
The Hapara Champion Educator Program has provided me many valuable tools to add to my “Teacher’s Toolbox”. This program has also made it possible to learn more on how to better support and challenge the diverse and curious learner’s in my classroom. I feel quite fortunate to have been a part of the Hapara Champion Educator Program’s cadre experience.
Head of Learning in a year 7-13 College in NZ. Enjoys the challenge of creativity in education. Values learner voice and teacher collaboration.
I have really enjoyed the programme with the mix of practical. reflection and theory. I would like to see the idea of a Hapara innovator group which showcases innovative ways to use Hapara.
I am an English teacher at Maine West High School in Des Plaines. I’ve been teaching for 22 years, and I currently teach juniors, including AP English Language.
Part of what still drives me in my profession is the opportunity to grow, and I like to think my background reflects this. I have recently been named English Department Coach. I also have degrees in School Counseling and even Accounting.
In addition to coaching Scholastic Bowl, I am also in charge of union membership in our district. I have been co-teaching with a Special-Ed teacher for the past six years. I am proud of how my focus on skills-based learning, cooperative learning, differentiation, and professional learning teams have greatly influenced my teaching.
I love living in Chicago with my two dogs. Running two Chicago marathons have felt like huge accomplishments. I also love playing golf and tennis, and not too long ago, I even learned how to fly a plane!
I took part in HCE to better familiarize myself with Hapara and all its cool features. One of the best unexpected benefits that came along the way was my belief in taking part in professional learning communities. I want to get better at what I do every year and there is so much out there to help move me forward; Hapara plays an important role in this movement.
As the Education Services Manager for SNS Technologists, Tom provides a premium level of technology consultation. He works with clients to design and implement first class solutions, then follows up with what he believes sets our solutions apart from the competition – in-depth training. With over 20 years of networking experience, his technical background includes extensive knowledge of Windows and Mac-based desktop operating systems. He also has deep knowledge of networking infrastructure all the way from the cable plant to the servers. A Microsoft Certified Professional since 1998, he is a Microsoft Certified Trainer Alumni and holds a variety of Microsoft Certified Professional designations. Always learning, he recently completed his GOOGLE Apps certification and training designations and is now a Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Hapara Certified Educator. Tom’s passion for education began with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge after which he spent time in the classroom teaching junior and senior high science, math and computer studies. Now he’s often working with school divisions – teaching teachers and students to leverage technology to enhance the educational experience. Tom thrives when he can educate and coach others to utilize technology to its fullest potential.
The HCE Program was a terrific experience! I especially enjoyed the assignments as they really got me into the nuts and bolts of the how to USE the tools.
The people I have met online through the G+ Community certainly enhanced the learning experience.
This was more intense than other “certification” programs – but way more personal and relevant!
Spanish teacher. Loves to read, travel, take photos, being outdoors.
The training program was just what I needed to learn what Hapara offers besides internet usage monitoring.
I am a career changer. I worked at an elementary school as the Computer Lab Aide for 6 years. I loved working with the students so much, I went back to school for my Master’s in Special Education. Now I am a Learning Behavior Specialist at Cove School in Northbrook, IL. My students have complex learning needs and often need a comprehensive, individualized approach to learning. My love for technology, teaching, and learning helps me design lessons and projects that contribute to their success. I believe everyone can learn and technology is a great way to engage and motivate my students. When I am not at school, I love camping with my family, reading, and trying out new tech!
I loved my experience to become an HCE. I thought I was going to learn how to use Hapara, but the course was so much more!! I learned how to create Workspaces that engaged my students at their learning level and they loved it! Hapara gives the ability to combine content, pedagogy, and technology and make it accessible to all learners. The heart of what I do every day is meet student needs. Hapara gives me the tools to meet students where they are at.
Vickie Ahearn has over 17 years of experience in education, and 8 years in the role of a Technology Learning Specialist/Technology Learning Coach for Massapequa School District in NY. She holds certifications in Educational Technology and Visual Art K-12. She is passionate about fostering instructional change and growth through innovative digital age teaching and learning. Her work with elementary teachers encourages the development of a learning culture that is student centered, and fosters the development of skills by engaging students in learning experiences that are relevant, meaningful and authentic. She is a Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, Hapara Champion Trainer and Seesaw Ambassador.
This was an awesome program that provide opportunities to learn and grow as a Hapara Champion through an the support of an online community of like-minded educators. Project based activities, both individual and collaborative, helped me master the pedagogical theory and practice behind Hapara’s suite of tools and develop best practices for innovative and transformational teaching and learning to share with other educators.
Wes Dunnavant has been an educator for Chesterfield County Public Schools for three years. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Wes taught mathematics and music at Clover Hill High School before joining the Chesterfield technology integrator team. His experiences in multiple curriculum areas taught in vastly different ways allow him to relate to educators and help them use technology to solve problems.
In his spare time, Wes accompanies middle and high school choirs on the piano all over Chesterfield for school concerts, district assessments, and district honor choir events. He also arranges music for several local show choirs and is a frequent adjudicator at competitions and honors choir auditions.
I love that the Hapara Champion Certification Program gives educators a chance to interact with one another throughout the courses and obtain certification together. They can ask questions, make comments, and gain insight from one another in a collaborative setting as they work toward a professional goal.
Xay has taught in Alberta and abroad in South Korea. He is dedicated to life-long learning and finding ways to support all students.
His role as an Ed Tech has allowed him to reach more teachers and students throughout east central Alberta. He is continually amazed at how a little encouragement can leave lasting impressions in classrooms.
When he isn’t working or driving from school to school, he is crafting a scheme to thwart the construction of another Death Star.
The Hapara Certified Educator program was a great way to connect with other educators from around the world and expand how we can use Workspace to differentiate learning collaborate in new ways.
The focus of learning should never be about the technology or getting content done, but finding a way to meet the needs of the student and scaffold success for them. In our own division we are focusing a lot on intellectual engagement and inquiry. All the work we did in the program really allowed my colleague and I to think about how to implement ideas practically in our own context.
It was also a great chance to take a break from our own work to broaden our own minds with articles, readings and videos about various learning models and best practices.
Yolanta is a junior teacher at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She enjoys being part of the District’s many networking groups such as Learning Connections and New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. She enjoys having the opportunity to play a leadership role to promote and share her learning journeys of mindful use of tech within and outside the classroom. She is always looking for new initiatives to share with her school community, to enhance and deepen student learning.
Yolanta is passionate about learning with her students. She likes to embed her love of film, history, geography and music in her teaching. She enjoys the outdoors, especially with her new daughter.
I very much enjoyed becoming a HCE. This learning journey gave me the opportunity to critically reflect upon my pedagogical practices as a teacher, especially with a 21st Century perspective. I loved learning about instructional practices from around the world and how I could apply them within in my own practice and community. Hapara has taught me to think about how I approach lesson creation, focusing on differentiation and learner agency while leveraging technology.